Fractured Visions: Multiplicities & Fractured Visions: Diffusions – Tamiko Thiel

Fractured Visions: Multiplicities and Fractured Visions: Diffusions are two augmented reality installations by Tamiko Thiel ( on the fragility of human vision.

The installations are geolocated in the shadow of The Shard, on King’s College London Guy’s Campus, near London Bridge, Southwark District south of the River Thames in London.

Inspired by palinopsia, a rare visual disorder, this site-specific installation questions our perceptions of reality. It disrupts the field of vision, causing London’s tallest building The Shard, and neighboring buildings of King’s College Guy’s Campus, to seem to fracture and repeat.

Info and Viewing Fractured Visions:

Commissioned by the AXNS Collective, Fractured Visions is a collaboration with psychiatrist and clinical lecturer Dr.Dominic ffytche of King’s College London. It was supported by grants from the Arts Council England, the Wellcome Trust and King’s College London, and premiered in September 2014 as part of the MERGE Festival.

Dr. Dominic ffytche:

“Working with Tamiko Thiel has helped crystalise what I and others working in the field know about palinopsia and, more importantly, what we do not know. Many of the questions posed by Tamiko at our first meeting did not have an immediate answer. How palinopsia relates to eye movements, for example, is central to our understanding of the phenomena but remains unknown. This realisation, that much of the key evidence required to understand palinopsia is missing, was an unexpected outcome of the collaboration and what I have taken away is a fresh outlook on palinopisa together with new ideas on how to progress research in this area.”

Thanks to Butchy Davy for the video!

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